By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
SHORELINE — The Oak Harbor boys track team had just two individual winners in the Wesco 3A track meet, but it got the win that counts the most — the overall team championship.
Oak Harbor finished with 135 points Friday to edge Glacier Peak, which finished with 116.
“Amazing kids,” Oak Harbor boys coach Jay Turner said. “They have worked hard all season and all the credit goes to them. It’s just a good group of kids. We’ve got a lot of depth this year — one of the bigger teams we’ve had. We had almost 100 boys turn out this year, so that helps.”
In order to beat the Grizzlies, who won five individual events, depth was a must for the Wildcats.
“To win a league title, you have to have depth,” Turner said. “You’ve got to be able to score in a lot of events and fortunately we have a lot of athletes in a lot of events and they have depth. Without those, you’re not going to be able to win.”
It was the Wildcats’ first Wesco championship since 1992.
Oak Harbor’s victory was highlighted by the individual wins of Matt Reith, who finished first in the 3,200 meters in a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 41.58 seconds, and Josh Shrum, who won the 1,600 in a personal-best time of 4:20.84 on Wednesday.
“Matt Reith in the two-mile was outstanding,” Turner said. “He PR’d by about 15 seconds, came out of nowhere. And Josh Shrum on Wednesday in the mile ran a PR by about 13 seconds to win in that. Those two guys were just outstanding.”
Shrum said that he has had his eye on winning the 1,600 for some time.
“It just kind of happened,” he said. “We had been planning it because we noticed that I’m always really good at being able to follow people and just stick with them and then we always kind of rely on my kick. So we were just hoping that I could stick with them for the three laps and then put the kick in and I would come out with the win.”
Adding yet another championship to their already impressive resume was the Glacier Peak girls. With 204 points, the Grizzlies beat their closest competitor by 61 points.
The Grizzlies earned five individual victories, including three by Amy-Eloise Neale, who swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Right behind her in the 1,600 and the 3,200 was teammate Katie Bianchini.
“Amy and Katie, just together, lead that squad,” Glacier Peak head coach Warren Eickhoff said. “The other kids just look up to them. With their leadership, when they finish strong, the rest of them just follow.
“They rise to the occasion.”
Also earning a victory for the Grizzlies girls team was Jenna Hess, who pole vaulted 9 feet, 9 inches to set a school record.
“Jenna is just a fighter,” Eickhoff said. “I’m impressed. She’s an awesome kid. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Collectively, it was a good day for the Shorecrest girls and boys, who placed second and third, respectively.
“We had outstanding performances by our kids today,” Shorecrest head coach Brandon Christensen said. “A lot of top finishers, I just don’t think we had the depth like we have in the past to pick up those fourth-, fifth-, sixth-place points.”
The Scots best race of the day was run by Nicole Harris, who in the 300 meter hurdles, bested her nearest competition by 31/2 seconds. Her time of 44.73 broke a school record and was good enough for the second-best 3A time in the state this season.
“What’s great about Nicole is that since she was a freshman, we have tried her in just about everything,” Christensen said. “She’s got a couple of personal bests and she’s got four or five school records with relay teams. We just kind of found a distance, the 300 meter hurdles, that fits her speed and her leg turnover.”
“I’m excited,” Harris said. “I have only ran it a couple of times, so I just hope to keep getting better and better the more I do it.”
Lynnwood’s Ryan McArthur also turned in one of the better performances of the day, finishing first with a time of 1:54.91 in the 800. McArthur, who didn’t have a run this season in the top-10 in the state, now owns the third-best 3A time this season.
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At Shoreline Stadium
Team scores: Oak Harbor 135, Glacier Peak, 116, Shorecrest 115, Shorewood 113, Lynnwood 104, Mountlake Terrace 94, Marysville Getchell 50, Everett 42, Meadowdale 12.
110 hurdles—Jordan Drew (L) 15.92; 100—David Fan (Shorewood) 10.78; 1,600—Josh Schrum (OH) 4:20.84; 400 relay—Shorecrest (Rotimi Bolonduro, Michael Doquilo, Will McNamara, Joe Uchytil) 44.08; 400—Andrew Prentice (GP) 49.46; 300 hurdles—Coel McFadden (GP) 42.85; 800—Ryan McArthur (L) 1:54.91; 200—Andrew Prentice (GP) 22.54; 3,200—Matt Reith (OH) 9:41.58; 1,600 relay—Glacier Peak (Austin Tarvin, Malachi Dunbar, Andrew Prentice, Sean Elledge) 3:26.20; High jump—Zander Seymer (MG) 6-0; Long jump—Anfernee Calloway (MT) 20-2; Triple jump—John Odion (Shorecrest) 42-0; Shot put—Andrew Basham (L) 54-1.5; Discus—John Higgins (GP) 169-10; Javelin—Beau Kennedy (MT) 154-0; Pole vault—Jordan Chase (L) 12-0.
Team scores: Glacier Peak 204, Shorecrest 143, Shorewood 121, Everett 105, Oak Harbor 99, Marysville Getchell 50, Meadowdale 42, Mountlake Terrace 40, Lynnwood 17.
100 hurdles—Renee Hudson (E) 15.70; 100—Charity Ijiomah (Shorewood) 12.65; 1,600—Amy-Eloise Neale (GP) 4:58.95; 400 relay—Everett (Renee Hudson, Calea Carr, Tenika Wentworth, Jazzmin Carroll) 50.37; 400—Kathryn Andria-Habermann (Shorecrest) 59.64; 300 hurdles—Nicole harris (Shorecrest) 44.73; 800—Amy-Eloise Neale (GP) 2:11.60; 200—Amanda Banks (Shorecrest) 26.69; 3,200—Amy-Eloise Neale (GP) 10:34.46; 800 relay—Shorecrest 1:46.69; 1,600 relay—Glacier Peak 4:10.92; High jump—Alaina Olson (Shorewood) 5-0; Long jump—Nicole Harris (Shorecrest) 16-11; Triple jump—India Smith (GP) 36-1.5; Shot put—Dorothy Moore (MT) 36-2; Discus—Calea Carr (E) 129-1; Javelin—Aiko Mizumori-Canfield 130-1; Pole vault—Jenna Hess (GP) 9-9.